Calibrate your display in GNU/Linux with Gnome 3 + Argyll and a ColorVision/DataColor Spyder2

ColorVision/DataColor Spyder2

The Spyder2 from ColorVision/DataColor is a display calibration device which aims at being used with Microsoft Windows or Apple MacOS X operation systems. I had bought it a long time ago to calibrate my display on my computer under Windows, at the time.

GNOME Color Manager can’t use the Spyder2 out of the box

I want now to use the Spyder2 device under GNU/Linux, but apparently, ColorVision/DataColor is against the idea, and the device can’t be used out of the box with GNOME Color Manager.

Workaround: Make an ICC profile with Argyll and use it then with GNOME Color Manager

  1. 1.

    Install Argyll and the DisplayCAL GUI : apt-get install argyll dispcalgui

  2. 2.

    Download some pieces of proprietary software from ColorVision/DataColor in order to extract the calibration device loadable firmware from it.

  3. 3.

    Pull the loadable firmware from the original installation software : oeminst -v Spyder2_2.3.5_Setup.exe

  4. 4.

    The firmware (spyd2PLD.bin ) is now located in .local/share/ArgyllCMS/ . Backup that location, just in case. ColorVision may decide one day that they do not provide this piece of software anymore. Prepare for it. tar -zcvf ~/spyder2-loadable-firmware.tar.gz ~/.local/share/ArgyllCMS/

  5. 5.

    In DisplayCAL, calibrate your display, and install the resulting ICC profile for your user or all users (the procedure is completely assisted. You just need to follow the instructions on the screen and click on buttons).

  6. 6.

    In GNOME Color Manager, select the freshly generated profile, which is now available in the list.